Ben Carson: The Truth About The GOP Presidential Candidate

Ben Carson
Ben Carson

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Ben Carson is a former brain surgeon and columnist and a 2016 Republican presidential candidate. He is a right-wing conservative.

Ben Carson Statements

Carson Said America Is “Very Much Like Nazi Germany.” “Asked to elaborate on his previous comments about the U.S. living in “a Gestapo age,” the conservative firebrand argued the country has become “very much like Nazi Germany.”” [CNN, 3/12/14]

Carson Compared American Patriots To ISIS Terrorists. “Republican presidential prospect Ben Carson on Thursday compared the Islamic State group to American patriots willing to die for freedom.” [AP, 1/15/15]

Carson Said Democrats Might Cancel The 2016 Election. “Carson said the election could be cancelled because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t “bring up these 358 bills that are sitting on his desk” to a vote.” [Right Wing Watch, 9/30/14]

Ben Carson On LGBT Issues

Carson Compared Gay People To Pedophiles. “He caused a stir in 2013 when he said in an interview that marriage was “a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group, be they gays, be they Nambla, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.” Nambla is the North American Man/Boy Love Association. ” [New York Times, 5/3/15]

Carson Said Prison Can Turn People Gay. “Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that “a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.”” [Politico, 3/4/15]

Carson Called For Supreme Court Justices To Be Impeached For Backing Same-Sex Marriage. “During a speech in South Carolina this month, Ben Carson repeated his contentions that gay people are seeking unconstitutional “extra rights” and that Congress should remove judges from the bench if they rule in favor of gay marriage advocates.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/29/15]

Ben Carson National Security Views

Carson Does Not Believe War Crimes Exist. Carson said, “If you’re gonna have rules for war, you should just have a rule that says no war. Other than that, we have to win.” [ThinkProgress, 2/16/15]

Ben Carson’s Foreign Policy Views

Carson Admits He’s A Novice On Foreign Policy. “Mr. Carson has acknowledged being something of a novice on foreign affairs, saying in separate interviews in March, “I’m in the process of acquiring a lot of information” and “there’s a lot of material to learn.”” [New York Times, 5/3/15]

Carson Didn’t Know That Baltic States Were A Part Of NATO. “He supports giving arms to Ukraine to fight Russian-backed rebels, and suggested last month that the Baltic States should “get involved in NATO.” (They are already members.)” [New York Times, 5/3/15]

Ben Carson’s Views On Health Care

Carson Would Dismantle Medicaid And Medicare. “He would eliminate Medicare and Medicaid, with the government making contributions to the health accounts of lower-income people.” [New York Times, 5/3/15]

Ben Carson’s Associates

Carson Campaign Manager Armstrong Williams Took Secret Payments From Bush Admin. While He Was A Newspaper Columnist. “In taking the money, funneled through the Ketchum Inc. public relations firm, Williams produced and aired a commercial on his syndicated television and radio shows featuring Education Secretary Roderick R. Paige, touted Bush’s education policy, and urged other programs to interview Paige. He did not disclose the contract when talking about the law during cable television appearances or writing about it in his newspaper column.” [Washington Post, 1/8/05]